Should Christians pray for each other?

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Question: Should Christians pray for each other? What does the Bible say on this subject?

Answer: Yes Christians should pray for one another. Paul models this for us in many of his letters. For example while Paul was in Roman prison, he writes a letter to the church at Philippi, and in it he states that he is praying for the Christians in Philippi:

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

He also thanks them for praying for him a little later in the same chapter. In addition James commands us directly to pray for one another:

13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-16, NIV)

Jesus carried this even further in Luke 6:27-28 where he tells us to pray for our enemies. Jesus also models praying for Christians when he prays for Peter in Luke 22:32, and then again in John 17 when he prays for all believers.

The Bible teaches us to be in prayer about everything, as Paul writes in Ephesians 6:18:

18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18, NIV)

Again here we also see the order to pray for other Christians, and here he gives it as a continuous command “keep on praying.” This implies the Christians he was writing to were already praying, and he does not want them to stop, ever.

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